Does Thirsk need a Coffee Shop?
That was the question posed to the Eldmire Business Studies group who visited Thirsk, on a very cold Wednesday afternoon. Their task was to assess the suitability of Thirsk for a proposed business venture. They were most grateful to Mrs Lake, of White Rose Books, who took time to speak to the students about her experiences running a successful Coffee Shop in Thirsk. They were rather surprised at the number of recent business ventures in Thirsk and they initially discounted the Public Houses as being a competitor to the proposed coffee shop. Joe Ducker commented that although Thirsk is a growing town, with parking and near to a good road network, he had counted 17 outlets that would be competitors and concluded that Thirsk was already well served. All the other students agreed. The task gave the students an insight into the initial research start-up business would need to undertake.